One of our ongoing programs, Trout in the Classroom (TIC), has once again begun this year! This program provides classrooms with eyed rainbow trout eggs to rear in the classroom. Students are able to watch the trout develop, hatch and are even able to participate in releasing the fish into rainbow trout habitat. Teachers receive eggs in March and release fish 8 weeks later. In collaboration with California Department of Fish and Wildlife and local sponsor organizations, including SCMBAS and the City of Santa Cruz, we hosted a training session for 5 new incoming teachers and newly recruited coaches last weekend. Thanks to the organization of our TIC coordinator Megan Sabal, the workshop was fun and informative. Our own former president Katie Kobayashi educated teachers and coaches on rainbow and steelhead trout life history. In addition to helping teachers fill out permits and how to care for their fish successfully, the CDFW (TIC) team taught us fin-tastic trout themed activities! Check out pictures below.
If you are interested in getting involved in TIC as a teacher or coach next year, contact us at [email protected]